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Larger than Life

Submitted by on October 18, 2010 – 4:33 am11 Comments

Editor’s note: While we were in Miami last week, Carrie took me on a pilgrimage to El Palacio de los Jugos on Flagler and 57th. I say “pilgrimage” because we both live in areas where Cuban food is hard to come by. Click on the headline to watch that video.

When Carrie and I found ourselves both in Miami at the same time, the first thing we did was plan where we would go to eat some fabulous Cuban food. Carrie was shocked that I had never been to the Palacio de los Jugos, so that became our destination.

My mom has a dicho whenever she encounters something gigantic: “Eso se le perdio a Santa Barbara.” (Translation: “That is the *insert gigantic object here* that was lost by Santa Barbara.”) No, I have no clue how it relates, but she has been saying this for as long as I can remember and, as it usually happens in life, I find myself quoting my mom when I come across a large object.

We joke about it, of course. (We joke about pretty much everything, but that’s not important right now.)
In fact, all of the people in my big, fat Cuban family try to one-up each other when it comes to something Santa Barbara lost.

Everything at the Palacio de los Jugos was larger than life. Everything. The avocados, the mameys, the pineapples, the galletas! I was out-of-my-mind excited about the abundance of food and the super-size of all the fruits. Watch the video to see me and Carrie eating our way around the Palacio. (Don’t judge us. La Dieta starts next week.)

All of this super food gave me an idea….

I had made a ton of picadillo because I wanted to make some empanadas.  But because I sometimes lean toward the lazy side (I know. Shut up.) I decided I’d just skip the making of the dough, get a pre-fab pie crust and make (drum roll, please…) A Giant Empanada! (I should totally get extra points for coolness here.)

La empanada que se le perdio a Santa Barbara.

La Empanada Que Se Le Perdio A Santa Barbara (=D)

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Make the picadillo and allow the portion to be used in the empanada to cool.
3. Roll out one pie crust onto a cookie sheet.

4. Place the cooled picadillo on one half of pie crust.

5. Smooth edges of pie crust with some of the beaten egg (it works like glue).

6. Fold one side of crust over the filling to create a half moon.

7. Press down the edges and use a fork to press and seal the two sides.

8. Make 3 small slits on top of empanada with a sharp knife to vent.

9. Brush beaten egg over the top.

10. Repeat with the other pie crust.

11. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

12. Slice and serve.

This empanada slice is served on a smaller, salad size plate:

I brought home some Cuban galletas home from Miami. (Yay!) They’re the really big ones that have the flaky, bread flavor. They’re also about the size of a dinner plate.

Las galletas que se le perdieron a Santa Barbara

That’s right… apparently these were the very ones that were lost by Santa Barbara.

Buen Provecho!

(This is my own recipe and it was originally posted on Babalú blog.)

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  • Carrie says:

    I want to go back to El Palacio right now!
    Will someone please open up a Nashville El Palacio? Please?

  • Maura says:

    Marta! Carrie! Guau!

    First, LOVE the video. One of my faves (because, you know, I love all things to do with comida)! Only wish I could’ve stayed in Miami longer to have joined you! The soundtrack is fabulous, too.

    Second, Marta you are a genius with the picadillo and the empanadas que se le perdieron a Santa Barbara! I must confess, I have totally done this with the pre-made pie crusts in a moment of laziness and when I needed a quick fix. It’s so delicious, it almost feels wrong with the lack of work it takes! Next time try it out with guayaba paste(just add queso for some extra fanciness). The best part is that if you serve it to guests, by brushing it with the egg for the shine, they magically think you made everything from scratch. Pure genius. Let me give you one small tip though – brush the lip of the crust with egg too so it sticks together and seals when you close it, then fold the edges with a slightly diagonal pinch rather than pressing them with a fork if you want them to look extra-homemade and you don’t want anyone to discover your secret. I’ve also cut triangles of out the pre-made dough before to make mini empanadas de guayaba. Just keep rolling out the dough until you run out. I promise they’ll be a huge hit! ;)

  • Marcela says:

    This recipe looks amazing! I HAVE to try this!!!
    Marcela´s last [fabulousness] ..lululemon inspiration

  • Angela G. says:

    OK, Maura beat me to it, but just GUAO!

    Marta and Carrie, next time you come to South Florida (porque hay hispanos en Broward tambien, muchachas!) you guys have to go to Sedanos in Hollywood (or I can take you =D)) for the Comida Preparada. They have a wonderful display case just like el Palacio de Los Jugos with the especiales del dia. You can get a “completa” which includes your protein, starch and a vegetable (usually either platanos maduros or chatinos fall into this category). While you wait for your food, have your partner stand in the line for the cafecitos and pastelitos. Be warned, however, that there are not enough Weight Watchers points in a day to cover the damage you can do on a visit here!
    My mother in law from Atlanta loves to come here when she visits to get her cuban fix.
    Another place she loves to visit is Bahamas Fish Market on Calle Ocho (in Miami). We sit at the bar and order the Rueda de Cherna frita con tostones (or chatinos, as she calls them). Wonderful, super fresh fish at a price that can’t be beat!

    • Carrie says:

      Angela, thank you so much for the suggestions. You know, one suggestion I got recently about Sedanos is that they have the very, very best ice cream — dulce de leche, mango, mamey. Their brand. Next time, we head to Hollywood for Comida Preparada and a gallon of their ice cream.
      Also, I have seen Bahamas and will put that down for the next trip as well….I am hungry now!

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